When it comes to nail polishes, you are usually far more likely to catch me wearing a bright blue, a mint green (always) or even a bold yellow than pink. For some reason it just hasn’t been a colour that I’ve ever found that appealing on my nails.
But after a mini sort through my rather extensive polish collection, I happened across a fair few pinks that I felt deserved to be taken out for a test run. Ranging from the subtlest of rosy hues to the boldest of bright neons, I found that, despite my pink-related reluctance, my selection of shades was actually pretty impressive.
For more demure days there’s the No7 Stay Perfect Spring Nail Colour in Pink Blossom (c/o £6), a beautiful dusty rose shade which takes a fair few coats to eliminate streaks but finishes with a nice glossy shine, or the Deborah Lippmann Break 4 Love Nail Polish (£16) which is slightly pinker in terms of the colour but has the most amazing formula; it applies like a dream, has an amazing finish and, when paired with a topcoat, boasts some serious staying power.
Moving on to the first of the bolder shades, Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Grapefruit (£3.99) serves as a great ‘in-between’ pink. If you’re eager to slick on something a bit bolder without breaking into neon territory, this is your guy (or gal?). The formula is really good, it’s incredibly opaque and it will last you a good few days before showing any signs of wear and tear.
If you’re ready to make that mighty neon commitment however, allow me to point you in the direction of two pretty impressive polishes. First up, the Claire’s Nail Polish in Neon Pink (c/o £2.50) which doesn’t have the most brilliantly opaque formula but the colour is just awesome. Incredibly bold and bright and looks amazing with a tan – just be prepared to whack on a fair few coats. Or you could plump for the OPI Nail Polish in That’s Hot (£11.50) which is a bright neon pink with just a hint of shimmer. A bit deeper than the Claire’s colour, it offers a completely opaque finish in just one coat. Meaning the easiest application ever.
So, I guess you could say I’m a pink convert. And I’m even starting to come around to the whole ombre effect of all five pinks together on one hand… What do ya think?